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A Story from the Warmest Wishes: Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar

Banyn, a fae, escorts the souls of children to Magh Meall, but one Christmas, he comes for a lad who isn’t quite dead, and he breaks a rule rather than wait while John fights a battle he’ll ultimately lose. So begins a long-running affair that crosses the border between life and death, the human and fa
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ebook, 36 pages
Published December 1st 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
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⚣Michaelle⚣
4.3 Stars

Oh wow. That was just...so good. So completely wonderful.

(Again, I'm glad I can get these on Hoopla.)
Sandra
I seem to be in the minority with my assessment of this story. I liked it well enough, I suppose, and I was impressed with the author creating a trans (F2M) character in a historical setting. I liked the inclusion of a fantasy element with Banyn, a fae, and his backstory.

I think this book would have worked better for me if it had been a longer story. While the author created a nice timeline, there seemed to be big jumps in time, that especially in the later years of John's story would have perha
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Joyfully Jay
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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4.75 stars


As someone who loves long stories, I am always amazed by those talented enough to write a complete, engaging short story and The Legend of Gentleman John manages to tell an emotional and compelling tale in 40 pages. The story begins with John on the run, having sought vengeance against the sadistic head officer of the penal colony who had been brutalizing John since he was transported to Australia, and goes back and forth between the year he met his fae lover, Ba
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Lila Hunter
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words.

ARC provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review.
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Chris, the Dalek King
This short story is about the somewhat crap life of John Rourke. John has been a thief, a convict, and an outcast. Born in Ireland, and shipped to one of the Australian penal colonies, during the early 1800s, John has lived a life outside the bounds of law and society. Not so much because he wants to, but because it is the only way he knows he will ever be able to be John. But the price of his identity could very well end up being his life, unless a little bit of faery magic from his homeland fi ...more
Annie
Take a chance on this one- I'm sure it will wow you

I’m not sure what it is exactly, but this author always manages to make reading outside my preferred tropes a fantastic experience. While I have read historical romances in the past, they’re not the type of story I typically seek out these days, but I’m so glad I didn’t pass this one up. The Legend of Gentleman John was incredibly unique and enjoyable. The blend of historical and fantasy was unexpected but executed incredibly well in this short.
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Kim
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lovely melancholy story--4.5 stars.
The time jumps work well, the historical settings are fleshed out enough to give context without any information dumping, and John is a sympathetic and compelling character. We learn exactly enough about him to make the story work, which isn't always easy for authors to pull off in short works. I really liked the way magic complements the trans character without seeming artificial or gimmicky.
There were a few bits that could have used a tiny bit more fleshing o
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CrabbyPatty
"The Legend of Gentleman John" is an unexpected little jewel of a story, encompassing ancient Irish myth and turn-of-the-century Australia hard reality and featuring a transgender main character. The story is told in a non-linear manner, and we get bits and pieces of John's heart-breaking past, a brutal exportation to Australia and a fae love that transcends time and place. There are no explicit sex scenes here, and the romance reminds me of Austin Chant's excellent Peter Darling in the way Ban ...more
Becca
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A trans trying to cope. But hunger, and other stuff is stopping him. He's even caught at some point. After being the whipping boy for so long, he's had enough and shoots the bad guy. Abd got shot himself. But his fae finds him and makes it better and made me smile. Good book
Ann
The Legend of Gentleman John is a bleak and harsh story on the surface, but the depth the author achieved in this short tale is really amazing. The non-linear story telling reveals John’s backstory in pieces that paint a picture that is hard to read and even harder to realize the truth that is John’s life and its representation of trans life in history. It’s heartbreaking and the paranormal element turned The Legend of Gentleman John into a fairytale of the highest caliber.

True fairytales often
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Serena Yates
As a mix between the reality of a harsh past and the mystical truth of the fae realm, this story offers an interesting look at the possibilities of a “meeting of hearts” belonging to men from very different backgrounds. The story has a fairy tale like quality and weaves known legends into what might very well be a true story about a historical hero. The result is a touching love story that crosses dimensions.


Please find my full review of the second edition on Rainbow Book Reviews.
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Elaine White
** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE **
Reviewed for Divine Magazine

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The Legend of Gentleman John
T.J. Nichols
★★★★★
36 Pages


I'm a big fan of T.J. Nichols, ever since starting the Studies in Demonology series, and this short was no different. It was amazing.
From the world building of an urban fantasy style – historically accurate about life in the 1800's, detailing the life of a child thief, a trans FTM person and all they endured during those days, as well as the realities of penal colo
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Colin Hardy
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is one of those tales that starts near the end and then sequentially goes back to describe how it got there. The historical setting is interesting and certainly adds to the atmosphere of the story. The fae aspect is touched upon frequently but it always seems to be just out of reach, as it is assumed was the author’s intent. The focus is on the central character and the supporting role the fae character plays. There is clearly a contextual set of activities but these and the other character ...more
Suze
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t expecting much from this tbh - fae’s and the cover not enticing me. But it surprised me a lot!
It is historical, told in alternating chapters one in flashback.
John is deported but we find bits of his life in Dublin - though a lot we have to piece together. Why he is on his own, what happens to get him deported, what happens on the journey, what happens in the camp - all have to be filled in by imagination from the few clues and I think this was a great way of doing this.
Through it all, J
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Serena Yates
As a mix between the reality of a harsh past and the mystical truth of the fae realm, this story offers an interesting look at the possibilities of a “meeting of hearts” belonging to men from very different backgrounds. The story has a fairy tale like quality and weaves known legends into what might very well be a true story about a historical hero. The result is a touching love story that crosses dimensions.


Please find my full review of the second edition on Rainbow Book Reviews.
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Katy Beth Mckee
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
This story is full of twists and turns. It has heartache and abuse. It is a harsh look at the horrors of the early 1800's for anyone who was "different". And yet there is love and caring. There is hope and a sort of HEA.
MariF
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
That story was so off the beaten track and I loved every word out of it.
Author always pushes the boundaries and has highly unusual twists in all of the works I've read so far.
Wish it was longer though.
Kragthang
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Always looking forward to T.J. Nichols' Christmas story. And this is another one I really enjoyed. Always with a twist, always a bit hopeless, but with a very satisfying end. Also, I'd like to add, this story was rather short, but very well executed. I didn't miss anything.
Ro
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Packed a lot of punch into such a short story.
Stephan
Wow! Incredibly well done to get a trans historical holiday tale so complete. Definitely recommended.
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